Join the Brixton Windmill May Day parade

The streets of Brixton will be awash with colour on Bank Holiday Monday as a parade works its way through the town.

Organised by the Friends of Windmill Gardens, the parade will head off from Windrush Square from 1pm and make its way to Windmill Gardens for a festival featuring music, activities for children, food and other stalls from 2pm to 6pm.

The theme of the parade and festival is recycling, with participants being encouraged to be creative and bring along a recycled bug or dragonfly to carry in the parade and to decorate the park railings at the festival.

Lambeth Council and waste contractor Veolia Environmental Services are lending a hand, with some large recycling vehicles being transformed into whales, elephants, dinosaurs and bugs to join the parade. There will also be live bands including Barking Batteria samba band, American folk band Bobos and an English folk band, No Frills.

Activities at the Festival include learning how to grind corn, workshops on knitting and crocheting using carrier bags and mask making. There will also be a play on the history of the windmill and visitors will be able to go on guided tours of the mill.

Brixton Windmill is a Grade II listed building, near Blenheim Gardens, and is the only surviving windmill in inner London. Built in 1816, it was owned by milling family, the Ashbys of Brixton Hill until Joshua Ashby died aged 77. The Provender Mill ceased production in 1934. The London County Council purchased the land and the windmill in 1957.

Residents’ action group, the Friends of Windmill Gardens was established in 2003 with the aim of restoring the Windmill and transforming the surrounding park into an area that will be valued by all the community.

The Friends and Lambeth Council secured a grant of £397,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help restore the windmill. The council also contributed £55,130 as well as ongoing maintenance of the mill, and the Friends raised £2,000 along with non-contributions valued at £126,392. Work on the restoration began in October 2010.

The windmill is situated in a small park, Windmill Gardens, at the west end of Blenheim Gardens, off Brixton Hill, London SW2.

See www.brixtonwindmill.org   for more information



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